Climate

Warmest Temperatures *Ever*?

Featured image We are bombarded with claims that some month or year (e.g., 2016) is the “warmest ever.” But what does that mean? We are living in a relatively cool era. Temperatures today are lower than they have been something like 90% of the time since the last Ice Age ended 12,000 or so years ago. In fact, “ever” means since approximately the 1880s, when thermometer records became widespread. As it happens, »

And the Darwin Award Goes To…

Featured image …leftists who are too obsessed with global warming to want to reproduce. Hey, if that’s what it takes, we probably should be grateful. NPR asks the question–seriously, as far as I can tell–“Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?” Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children. Or at least not too many. He’s at »

The Climate Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Featured image If you’re following the latest sorties of the climate campaign, you’ll know that Senate Democrats, led by Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, are calling for RICO investigations of climate skeptics. Simpleton that I am, I always thought that the RICO statute (short for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) was intended chiefly for people named Rico, so it’s application to climate skeptics seems more like an attempt to intimidate climate »

Today’s Dose of Crazy. . .

Featured image First up, this tweet from the New York Times over the weekend, which was apparently not a self-parody: Yeah, because we’d all be so much better off if we were still hunter-gatherers. It would have saved us from Joe Camel and Philip Morris. Incidentally, there is evidence in evolutionary biology that the enlargement of the human brain may be linked to our species’ use of fire. One biologist I know »

Climatistas Are Committed, But Should They Be “Committed”?

Featured image Everyone remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005? The climatistas fell all over themselves to rush to attribute Katrina to climate change—it was either Robert F. Kennedy Jr. or Al Gore Jr. (they seem to be in a race to see who can be the crazier carrier of their family legacy) who said Katrina should have been called “climate change,” or “Hurricane Exxon-Mobil” or something. And we were promised that this was »

Fight Climate Change: Go to Jail

Featured image If you’ve been wondering why “progressive” mayors like Bill de Blasio are so indifferent to rising crime and disorder, wonder no longer: It’s just another means of fighting climate change! I kid you not. From the New York Times science page yesterday: How Lowering Crime Could Contribute to Global Warming By Tatiana Schlossberg It sounds simple: If something has a big carbon footprint and you get rid of it, you »

The Democrats’ Anti-Science Platform

Featured image The Science and Environmental Policy Project puts out a weekly electronic newsletter called The Week That Was that brings together links to everything notable on the topic of climate. If you want to keep up on the global warming debate and related scientific issues, you really should subscribe to it. This week SEPP takes note of the Democratic Party’s platform on energy: Generally, TWTW does not comment on political issues. »

Do the Climate Hustle!

Featured image Now and then we like to say here on Power Line—”Pass the popcorn!” Well, last night I literally (as in actually) got to say to John “Pass the popcorn” at a special screening of the documentary film “Climate Hustle” sponsored by the organization John now leads, the Center of the American Experiment. About 250 people turned up for the special screening, and John and I conducted a Q & A »

Annals of mewling idiocy

Featured image In the annals of mewling idiocy emanating from Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State John Kerry must be given pride of place. Speaking to his friends in Vienna late last week, he contributed in a major way to man-made global warming if there is such a thing. Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like »

Energy: Power Line Vindicated Again in the NY Times

Featured image It was almost exactly a month ago that we explained here why the climatista fetish for renewable energy uber alles would backfire on their cherished goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in the course of which we introduced readers to the arcane world of California’s electricity demand “duck curve.” And separately we reported on how Germany and other northern European countries were slamming the brakes on further renewable energy, perhaps »

Civil War on the Left, Part 28: Varieties of Climate Change Thinkers

Featured image Berkeley physicist Richard Muller offers in his book Energy for Future Presidents a typology of thought on climate change: So how do you classify me? A climate change denier? A global warming believer? In my book, Energy for Future Presidents (pig 74) I give the following categories: Alarmists. They pay little attention to the details of the science. They are “unconvincibles.” They say the danger is imminent, so scare tactics are »

Energiewoopsie, Or, What Happens When You Dump Nuclear Power

Featured image The greens have been aflutter for years about Germany’s energiewende, or “energy revolution,” partly because it involves a lot of their sacred windmills and solar panels and partly because it’s a revolution man, so dig it! Better put the patchouli-infused hemp robes away for the moment, because Germany is backpedalling fast. From Reuters yesterday: Germany waters down climate protection plan Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to »

Why Did Agriculture “Arise”?

Featured image Narratives of human history conventionally say that agriculture “arose” around 13,000 years ago. But why? At Watts Up With That, Susan Corwin suggests a plausible explanation: Because it would work as CO2 became plentiful! All the academic articles say: “and then agriculture happened”. The “accepted wisdom”/consensus is: …here was no single factor, or combination of factors, that led people to take up farming in different parts of the world. But »

4,000 Years of Climate In One Chart

Featured image From Andy May at Watts Up With That, a fascinating chart that plots estimated global mean temperatures along with historical events over the last 4,000 years. Most of the time line is based on ice cores, while the most recent temperatures are from the HadCRUT (probably inflated) database. There are explanation and commentary at the link, but for now, the chart. Click to enlarge: As has been noted many times, »

Great News for Fracking! California’s Last Nuke to Close

Featured image No sooner do some environmentalists (see item 2 of this Loose Ends post) decide that nuclear power is important and should be expanded then the news comes out this morning that Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in 2025 when its current federal license is up. This is great news for natural gas, because despite what the climatistas (and »

Loose Ends (7)

Featured image • The Wall Street Journal this morning beat me to an idea that I was planning to roll out here: if various Gorebot attorney generals can bring a supposed fraud suit against ExxonMobil, why can’t I bring a fraud suit against Al Gore and the climatistas whose political campaigning intends to depress the market values of hydrocarbon companies and boost the stocks of solar and wind power companies? That’s the »

Dear AG Healey (Rated R for language)

Featured image I can’t say that this is how all overreaching government authorities should be answered, but it does set an inspirational example. At the Daily Caller Michael Bastach explains: Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday. Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents, including information pertaining to the company’s dealings with about a dozen think tanks »